A story by 9News and Rocky Mountain PBS
suggests that one out of every four drivers cited for DUI in Colorado had no drivers license at the time they were arrested. The story does not specify how many of these drivers had no license because of a previous DUI suspension, were suspended for failure to pay a ticket or other reasons, or had never been issued a license to begin with.
Driving without a valid license is a misdemeanor charge within itself. Driving on a suspended license when the suspension is for a previous alchohol related offense is a serious complication to any Denver DUI case. It can result in some severe penalties upon conviction.
What is most interesting about this story is that it looked at DUI arrests between April 2012 and April 2014. I would like to see the same investigation done upon cases moving forward because the Colorado legislature passed a new law this year allowing for easier access to licenses for immigrants. This will likely decrease the large numbers of unlicensed drivers on the road.
If you have been contacted by law enforcement in the Denver area, please contact a Denver defense attorney to discuss your case.